Quick Change

Well, not really all THAT quick (it took me three hours), but a considerable change in my booth layouts.

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My original ‘plan’ to put in a completely new vignette in my little wall booth has been abandoned.  I’m not abandoning the space, just the idea for changing it out.  Why?

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My thought process in deciding to change it up monthly was that it was a small enough space and it would be fairly easy to do so.  It was a LOT more work than I had anticipated.    Not that I necessarily eschew hard work, but it was getting to be too much for my ‘bad back’ to handle.

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AND the aisle along the back is much narrower than the central aisles.   It was next to impossible to move stuff around without blocking the aisle for shoppers to traverse.  So I decided to put mostly small items in my wall booth.  Small stuff is easier to stock without getting in the way of shoppers.

P1370322Fortunately for me, the owner scheduled a ‘dealer work shift’ Saturday, which gave dealers 3 hours to work without any customers.  I took advantage of that time to move the big metal rack from my big boot to the wall space.  Which sounds fairly simple, but it was a pretty big undertaking.

First I had to empty and move four shelves on the back aisle side of my big booth in order to access the big metal shelf.  Then I had to empty the metal shelf.  Move the stuff that was in the area of the wall booth where I was going to put the metal shelf; then move that big heavy shelf to the wall space.  Put all the product back on the metal shelf.  Figure out where I wanted to put the four shelves I had moved out of the way.  Then figure out where to put the stuff I had taken from the wall space!  Believe me, I needed every MINUTE of the three hours allotted for us to work without any interference.

Normally I have what I am going to do with my booths pretty well thought out ahead of time.  As soon as I decide to take a new piece of furniture in, I start thinking about where I will put it and how I will move things around.  So I had measured ahead of time and knew where I was going to move the big metal shelf to, but beyond that I just drew a blank.  Had to ‘wing it’ this time.  I’ll be changing this up again next week when I take the leftover Christmas product from the show in, and pull the last little bit of fall left.

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It feels SO much bigger without that metal shelf in the middle!

Took these two cute little upcycled tables in last week.

The bottom photo here is the space where the big metal shelf used to be.  Haven’t quite decided what I want to do there.  This will do for fine for now though.

Some pretty vintage liqueur bottles.  Perfect for putting homemade liqueurs for gift giving in.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Ready or not . . .

 . . . . Thanksgiving, the Christmas will be here before you know it.  I’m getting a head start and brought in a few holiday decor things to my booth at Stars this week.  Then tomorrow I deliver to the ‘Every Husband’s Nightmare’ show in Hillsboro.  After that show ends next Saturday, I’ll have even MORE holiday goodies to bring to Stars.

Here’s what I’ve done to start off the season:

P1370188I think my decorating theme for this year is ‘simple elegance’.  Lots of pretty vintage glass baubles in jars and bowls with mini fairy lights give off a truly magical glow!

It’s almost impossible to truly capture the beauty of the little lights in pictures and in the well lit store; but you get the idea.  Some of these arrangements are ‘all inclusive’ pieces, where I have priced the container with the lights and baubles to be sold together as one item.  The rest of them are priced individually so you can just buy what you need.  If you already have the glass baubles and just need the container to put them in, OR if you have the container and just need a few more glass baubles.

SO many different ways to display these holiday lovelies.  Think outside the box and use what you have to place your ornaments in.  Or buy something that will serve multiple purposes.

P1370193This is actually a cupcake stand!  Pretty little boxes with bows always add a festive touch to your decor, and you’ll have a gift box handy if you need one for a last minute gift!

P1370189I’m pretty sure that the white metal stand filled with ornaments was intended for this very purpose.  But you could also use it at Easter to hold your colored eggs.

Milk glass punch and candy bowls look pretty filled with ornaments too!

You can even fill the dome lid of your cake stand with baubles!  It’s a bit of a tricky process and you have to be sure that no one inadvertently takes the lid off ‘to see what will happen’.  A mess.  A mess will happen.  Which is why I didn’t fill the ones in my booth with glass baubles!

I’ve got some awesome vintage crystal snack plates with cups for you holiday entertaining.  And some beautiful silver espresso cups and saucers.

There is never a shortage of Milk Glass dishes or vases in my booth!  The milk glass vases are really pretty with vintage glass baubles on top of them too!

Always a plentiful supply and variety of stoneware dishes too.  Be sure you have all the serving bowls and platters you will need for serving your holiday feast.

P1370208I hate to admit it, but my wall space become more of a depository for ‘all the stuff I can’t fit into my big booth’, as opposed to a theme planned vignette.  A few bits of fall still available in my wall space.

Stop on by and get into the holiday spirit.

Stars is open 7 days a week; 11am – 6pm.

Carload of reclaimed fence boards.

Visiting one of my very best friends this last summer, and returned home with this!  LOTS of mossy grey weathered cedar fence boards.  I was literally GIDDY with ideas and possibilities of what I was going to make with these beauties.

My first project was some simple signs, using laser cut metal words glued to a piece of the natural weathered wood.

A few of them have gone to my wall space at Stars.  The rest of them will be going to the upcoming fall show at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Mid-November.

Next I decided to try my hand at making some BIG rustic Farmhouse style trays.  This one is the prototype.  LOVE these super long wrought iron handles.  They were an estate sale find, and unfortunately a ‘one time find’.  Well, I probably COULD find more like them if I really searched on-line, but they would probably be cost prohibitive for me to use on my trays.  I’ll have to find some other handles that will work.

Then I went on to make three more; one of which is an EXTRA long 38″.  The other two are 24″ and 25″ long; all are 11.5″ wide and just under 4″ deep.  I have taken ALL of these to my booth at Stars for the time being.  If I don’t get more of them built before the fall show, I may pull a couple from Stars to take to the show.  Priced $37.00 – 59.00.

On the extra long tray I used the ‘beefy’ black metal handles.  On the other two, slightly smaller black handles, on the sides of one tray and on the top sides of the other.

I’ve only made one of these little stools thus far.  It’s 11″ x 6″ x 5″.  I’ll probably make another batch of them a little later; graduated stacking sizes.  This stool has gone to my wall space at Stars.  $10.00.

I saw the idea for reclaimed wood shutters on Pinterest.  Adding the removable little boxwood wreaths with the metal words and red truck ornament is my own idea.  Making the embellishments removable makes it easier for the buyer to use them to decorate with year round, instead of having to pack them away after the holidays.  $29.00 with the wreaths.

Decorating with arrows is very popular right now.  I made assorted shapes and sizes of wood arrows with hangers on the back to hang on the wall.  I made a couple dozen of these.  They will be going to the fall show.  Priced $5 – 14.00.

This is my take on something ‘somewhat similar’ that I saw on Pinterest.  They measure 12″ x 13″; and will be going to my booth at Stars and to the fall show.  $29.00.

I forgot my camera last week, so I didn’t get pictures of all of these items in my booth.

 

So long summer . . . . Hello Fall!

We are finally getting our ‘enjoyable’ summer weather.  80 degree days, breezy evenings and cool nights, and an occasional overcast day.  Happily soaking up every minute of it that I can, after a record number of 90 degree days this summer.  So, I’m personally not quite ready for fall, but it’s time for fall in my booth at Stars.

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Beach decor / Before yesterday.

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Now, Fall decor.  A few little pops of traditional fall colors, but greys and whites for the most part.  More of a rustic farmhouse fall look.

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LOTS of grubby old step ladders in stock.  Perfect for displaying pumpkins.

I hand painted all of these white and grey pumpkins, and they all have real wood stems and moss at the base of the stems.

Lots of upcycled, hand painted galvanized cake stands, jars and little side tables.

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Those vintage shabby white floral stands I showed you a while back are perfect for displaying this ‘big mama’ pumpkin!  And upside down works great holding this upcycled bowl of little pumpkins.

Made these laser cut metal words signs backed with old fence boards.  Some faux galvanized architectural stars.  Lots of vintage industrial size spools of yarn, vintage gallon jars filled with assorted small spools and balls of yarns and threads.  If you already have your own big jar and only needs the ‘fillers’; there are bags of those available too!

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It took me two days to change out all of the inventory on my wall space, so my big booth just got a ‘quick tidying’ this week.

Here’s a quick peek at the rest of my big booth.

Did you notice the THREE metal bottle racks that I have??  I have seriously been looking for one of these forEVER.  I found the big cast iron one first, then the two smaller ones within the next week!

I’ll be adding Halloween decor at the end of the month.

 

Stocked and spruced up and ready for the Summer Sidewalk SALE at STARS!!

Stars BIG ‘Summer Sidewalk Sale’ starts Friday, August 31st and runs through Monday, September 3rd; Labor Day.

This is really one of the BEST sales of the year at Stars.  LOTS of vendors bring in ADDITIONAL inventory to set up on the sidewalk outside.  Don’t miss this sale!!

BOTH of my booths are stocked to the hilt; and as always, everything in my booths is 50% off during the sale.  Last chance to purchase my beach decor items from my wall space.  After the sale I will be converting the space to Fall decor.

I have added a few little ‘hints of fall’ to both booths . . .  just to get you in the mood for fall.  (Not that anyone needs to be enticed to ‘think fall’ after the record HOT summer we’ve had!)

Lots of vintage hobnail milk glass vases and dishes added recently; as well as regular and gold rimmed milk glass.

Vintage and upcycled beach decor.  Big surag starfish, painted white and glittered.  Little jars filled with tiny seashells or pretty beach glass.  Shells mounted on wood posts and jars.  Candle lanterns and lamps.  And of course, Mermaid crowns!!

Vintage picnic baskets, bar stool, ‘breakfast in bed’ tray, wreaths, cubby shelves, trugs and wall decor.

And that is just my little wall space!  On to my 10’x10′ booth!

No such thing as ‘too much’ when it comes to my booth!!
Vintage Fire King gold rimmed milk glass dishes and vintage Ironstone dishes are restocked and always plentiful.

Both Stars Mall are open 7 days a week, 11am – 6pm.

Little chest make-over

This is my very favorite size of chests.  Big enough to hold plenty of stuff, but not too big to function as a night stand.

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She’s a real ‘Plain Jane’ and was pretty beat up when I found her.

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It almost looks like someone used her to cut teeth on; and there were several good size water stains on the top.

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You can tell that it is quite because there is actual WOOD on the back and not just particle board.

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Given how old this chest is and how beat up it was, I crossed my fingers and took a deep breath before I opened the drawers to see what condition they were in.

P1360243To my complete surprise and delight, the drawers were immaculate!!!  (that one little spot you see is from my camera, not something on the drawer)  These are seriously the cleanest drawers I have ever seen on an old chest.

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A good bit of sanding, some soft grey colored paint and a bit more sanding to distress and she was ready for her new knobs.

P1360267With little crowns on them!  I have had these knobs for YEARS, just waiting for the perfect piece to use them on.

All ready to go to my booth at Stars.

My booth was completely disheveled after the five day sale.  But that is a GOOD thing, because it means that a lot of stuff sold!

I ended up putting the new grey chest in my wall space; topped with a couple of grey trugs.

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Here’s my tidied up big booth.

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Stay tuned for the BIG announcement about the new ‘hang out’ for Sophie’s Cottage.

Stars Tour: SALE! July 12-16, 2018

Seems like it’s been forever since I’ve posted pictures from the other booths at Stars.  With the upcoming store-wide sale, it seemed like a good time to do so.

SO MUCH great stuff is all the booths!  I’m going to let the pictures do all the talking.

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The ‘eye candy’ never ends; but the $ALE ends next Monday!

Thursday – Monday, July 12-16, 2018 ~ 11am – 6pm

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And now for a quick peek at my two booths; for which, as always, EVERYTHING is 50% off during the sale.  I just added a bunch of new inventory too!

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My ‘big’ booth.

Vintage and reproduction little milk bottles are perfect for serving beverages in at your summer party.

Pretty vintage gold dishes.

Vintage suitcases, hat boxes and picnic baskets.

My very favorite style of vintage dishware; white Ironstone with scalloped edges.  I have a collection of vintage Johnson Brothers English Ironstone at home that I use.  The ones I have stocked at Stars are from various manufacturers, some from England and some with no maker’s mark.  There are over EIGHTY of the little ‘dessert’ size plates.  I got a GREAT deal on them, and as I am in the habit of doing, I’ve passed my savings along to the buyer in my pricing.  Regular price on the dessert plates (no maker’s marks) is $2.00 each.  Get them for just $1.00 each during the sale!!

I’ve decided to part with some of my personal collections.  My ceramic hand collection and my Ironstone Lion’s head soup tureens (two sizes) and ramekins (two sizes).  The lion’s head ramekins are TOO cute!

Yes, my big booth IS jam-packed!

As is my wall space!  Happy Shopping and Happy SAVING!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White furniture binge

Went on a bit of a white furniture painting binge recently.  Here’s the end result of said binge.

Cute little metal birdcage.  Just a quick coat of white spray paint.

Little brown step stool.  Painted white and distressed.  Still debating whether or not I should stencil something on it???

Not a very good picture of the refinished piece on this one.  (sorry!)  Just a basic white paint job and distressed.

Cute three tier wall shelf; again just painted white and distressed.

This half round table was the same dark wood color as the shelf above.

This little shelf was already white.  I just distressed it.

This coffee table with lower shelf had already been repainted white, but they didn’t do a very good job of it.  You can’t really tell how ‘streaky’ the paint was in the pictures.  I needed to sand it before repainting it anyhow; and decided that I liked how it looked without repainting!  Distressing covers a multitude of mistakes!

Little ‘jewelry box size’ chest.  Removed the knobs, sanded off the red, white and blue; painted it white, distressed it and put the repainted knobs back on.  easy peasey.

Little upcycled side table made using a tall metal candle stand and an inverted metal tray.  Glued together using e6000, and spray painted.

This ‘open back’ cubby shelf was a medium wood color.  The white paint and distressing really emphasized the dental moulding at the top.  Below it, in the second photo is another cubby shelf, but with a back.  It was already white, so I just distressed it a bit.

I guess this shelf was for some kind of sports memorabilia.  Some white paint and you have just a regular white wall shelf!

 

No before picture for this one.  It was dark brown and had a ‘tapestry-like’ cover on the seat.  I LOVE the foot stools that open up like this for storage space!  Painted it white and distressed it a little.  Added some additional padding to the seat before I recovered it with a pretty soft aqua paisley print fabric.

All of these went to my booth at Stars.  A few have already sold.

So, what’s next???  I’ve got some pretty BIG news!  A new shop is opening soon in Aurora . . . and they will be carrying some of my items!  Stay tuned for more details and official Grand Opening notice!

 

 

 

Revamped Night Stands

Cite little night stand with 2 shelves and a drawer.  I especially loved the unique drawer pull, but not on this piece; so I decided to change it out after I repainted it.  I was having issues with my camera for a while with ‘dark splotches’ on the left side; so that BLOB that looks like something ‘icky’ in the drawer is not a flaw.  You KNOW how I am about making sure that the drawers are clean!

What do you think of the new drawer pull?  I added some pretty paper inside the drawer, painted it a soft aqua and distressed.

This two drawer night stand was pretty beat up and had some very deep gouges on the top.  It took a LOT of sanding to prepare it for repainting.

I forgot to show you the ‘clean’ drawers in the before photos, so I took one with the ‘afters’.  Painted it Ivory and distresses, switched out the modern looking knobs with some that have a more vintage feel.

The below pictures of the refinished two drawer night stand are more true to the actual Ivory color.

Both of these pieces are available in my booth at Stars.

IT’S TRUE!! The store-wide STARS Sale has been extended!!

Normally I wait until AFTER a sale is done before I go in to re-stock.  Given that the sale was supposed to end this Monday, I packed a bunch of newly refinished furniture in my car on Sunday, to take in on Tuesday.  THEN, I got an email from the owner, announcing that they’d decoded to extend the sale.  Well, I was NOT going to unload all that stuff (2 coffee tables, 2 night stands, a foot stool, a bar stool, a small stool and a small side table!) back into my garage only to have to load it all back up again in a few days!  I just decided “What the heck!  I’ll just take it in on Tuesday anyhow!”

So, NOW there is a bunch of BRAND NEW inventory in my booth that is 50% off through Sunday, June 10th when the sale ends.

My ‘grand idea’ to completely change out my second space has been put on hold for a while.  I hurt my OTHER knee this year, working in my garden.  sigh.  This one hurts SO much more than when I hurt my right knee the last three years.  And I was being SO CAREFUL in hopes of avoiding another ‘gardening injury’ this year.  Alas, my old body just ain’t what it used to be and I’ve just GOT to slow down!

I spent the better part of May, sitting in my recliner with my leg up and ice on my knee; reading or watching TV and changing out the ice pack for another one from the freezer when it got too warm.  Two trips to urgent care and two steroid shots and I’m still ‘limping along’. Pfffffffffffffffftttt!!!  All that extra work of completely changing out my wall booth is just too much for right now.

I HOPE to get back to the original plan soon.  For now, I left most of the same stuff in the wall space booth and will change it up a bit more next week, after the sale.  I added a couple of pieces of furniture to it and re-worked it a little for now though.

Added some new items and re-arranged a bit in my bit booth too.

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So, get in to Stars while the gettin’s EXTRA GOOD.  Sale prices valid through Sunday, June 10th.  Stars is open: 11am – 6pm, seven days a week.

EVERYTHING IN MY BOOTH IS 50% OFF DURING THE SALE!